Abuse is the improper use of something and unjust or corrupt practice. Abuse can occur   at   any age and gender to anyone and from any walk of life. It can take the form of physical battery, emotional bullying, psychological oppression, sexual abuse, or neglect. Abuse by which means the improper or excessive use of treatment as for example – Drug abuse, Physical maltreatment – sexual abuse.

There are many different types of abuses and  they all result in behavior towards a person that intentionally harm such abuses are –economic abuses, sexual abuse ,physical abuse ,verbal abuse ,emotional abuse, academic abuse etc. Abuse harms as example of academic behavior – Making fun of you for studying too much. It really disappoints a student to read properly. Another example of verbal abuses is degrading you in front of friends and family. I think it creates a bad impact for that person.

So abuse means to inflict physical or emotional mistreatment or injury on purposely or through negligence or neglect and often on a regular basis.


2 Replies to “Abuse”

  1. Good day

    Thank you for your post.
    I agree with you that anyone can be a victim of abuse. Abuse is everywhere and comes in different forms. I would have liked for you to link abuse more to clinical practice. Have you come across situations where you felt abused in clinical practice or you have witnessed a patient being abused?
    I would like to know what your opinion is on how we should deal with abuse, whether it is us being abused or those around us?
    It might be beneficial for the development of your writing if you add some references. You can then elaborate on certain ideas by adding your own opinion.
    Your title is very basic and I am of the opinion that you can elaborate on it. It is good to see that you have categorized your post.
    I look forward to reading your posts in the future.
    Keep well.

    Wihan du Plessis
    BSc Physiotherapy
    UWC IV


  2. Hi Blogger
    I agree with you, many of us has experienced abuse in some form especially in our clinical practice so it be the supervisor, clinician or even patients. but most cases it is emotional abuse where the clinicians belittle you for not knowing something or confronting you about something you did in front of other health care workers , which destroys and decreases your self esteem and become fearful of them. Also some form of abuse affects us in our daily lives. As health care workers we interact with different patients daily most of them who currently experiencing or have experienced abuse. As South Africa about 45.6% of women have experienced physical violence and these victims come to us and the ethics course helps us know how to deal with such dilemmas.
    In your post i would have loved to read more on abuse in Physiotherapy rather than in your personal life. Great read!!! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your posts in the future.

    Zimbini Mgidlana
    Bsc Physiotherapy


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